Pet dentists in Hendersonville, TN recommend the use of dental treats alongside your animal’s usual meals and pet dentistry care. However, are they actually beneficial to your furbaby or are they simple a marketing ploy to make you think that they are any better than ‘normal’ treats? The truth is that dental treats can prove to be a very valuable addition to your pet’s diet. Most are especially formulated with ingredients that are designed to benefit your pet’s dental health, as well as having a structure that will help to clean their teeth while they chew. The chewing action will also stimulate saliva production that will neutralize any plaque acids present in your pet’s mouth and wash away some of the food debris that can potentially cause her to develop health problems.
With so many to choose from, deciding which dental treat is best for your pet may be trickier than you anticipate. Your pet dentist in Hendersonville, TN will be happy to make a recommendation for you based on the age, sized and individual needs of your pet. However, in the meantime, here are a few of our favorite dental treats that you should consider giving to your precious pet.
Greenies Original Dental Treats
Greenies are easily one of the most popular type of dental chews for dogs, particularly since they are made from all-natural ingredients that are easy to digest and won’t give your dog a belly ache. They are also packed full of important vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for canine health and your pet’s teeth. There are multiple different sizes available, meaning that there is a Greenies Original suitable for all dogs over 6 months / 5lbs in weight. Better still, they are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews
Manufactured right here in the U.S. these Milk-Bone chews have been approved by the VOHC too. They may be bone-shaped, but these chicken-flavor treats are enhanced by various ridges, grooves and nodules that work like a toothbrush and remove food particles from the teeth, as well as stubborn plaque. Milk-Bone chews also contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy teeth and bones and are available in various sizes.
Checkups Dental Dog Treats
With ingredients all locally-sourced from the U.S. and Canada, Checkups dental dog treats claim to decrease plaque by 25% and tartar by a whopping 62%! These wheat-free snacks are ideal for dogs with wheat intolerances and are easy to chew and gentle on the digestive tract. They may not be the most exciting treat to look at, but canines everywhere love them.
Purina DentaLife Daily Oral Care Chews
Free of artificial colors and additives and infused with chicken flavoring, these chewy, porous sticks are great for cleaning those hard-to-reach teeth at the back of your dog’s mouth. They are also great at freshening breath and are scientifically proven to help reduce tartar build-up.
Greenies Roasted Chicken Dental Treats
Cats go mad for feline Greenies treats which are recommended by vets everywhere. Smaller than the canine versions of Greenies, they are packed full of the vitamins your kitty needs to have healthy teeth. They also meet the standards of AAFCO cat nutrient profiles for adult cats, meaning that they are nutritious as well as supporting her dental hygiene. In addition to chicken, you can also choose from salmon and tuna flavored varieties. Check the packaging to see how many of these delicious treats your kitty can enjoy each day.
Purina DentaLife Dental treats for Cats
These kibble-sized treats are available in both chicken and salmon flavor and are free of artificial colors and flavorings, making them ideal for those pet owners who are concerned about additives. They are abrasive enough to help reduce plaque and tartar on your kitty’s teeth and will leave her with cleaner teeth and much fresher breath.
Still not sure which is the best dental treat for your pet? Call our vets in Hendersonville, TN at 615-724-9995 and the pet dentistry team at The Animal Clinic in Hendersonville, TN will help with any questions!